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Money lessons are often a part of songwriters advice to the public. "If I Were A Rich Man" is from the musical Fiddler On The Roof and explain what he would do, if he had been rich, but modern lyrics give sound advice to people, while the artist makes money on the record sales - hmmm.
Enjoy this small collection, which may inspire you to create your own song, and come up with alternative lyrics, which can advice your audience in a new direction.
Joe Walsh says: Life's Been Good.
"Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh
I have a mansion, forget the price
Ain't never been there, they tell me it's nice
There's a big cost in owning Stuff you don't use. Especially if it's a mansion.
"Free Money" by Patti Smith
Every night before I go to sleep
Find a ticket, win a lottery,
Scoop the pearls up from the sea
Cash them in and buy you all the things you need.
Winning the lottery is a bad financial plan - you can expect an 80% loss on your "investment." Put it in a savings or retirement account that you can use later to "buy all the things you need."
"The Pretender" by Jackson Browne
Iím going to be a happy idiot
And struggle for the legal tender
Where the ads take aim and lay their claim
To the heart and the soul of the spender
This might not be the songwriter's intent, but to me, these lyrics are about goals. If you never establish life goals, you're likely to fall into line with what the people around you are doing - even if they are working 80 hours a week at jobs they hate just to buy fancy cars and big houses they can't afford. As J.D. says, the road to wealth is paved with goals.
"If I Had a Million Dollars" by The Barenaked Ladies
If I had a million dollars
We wouldn't have to walk to the store
If I had a million dollars
We'd take a limousine cause it costs more
The Barenaked Ladies know a thing or two about lifestyle inflation. If you start to make more money, it's common to start looking for ways to upgrade your life - bigger house, new TV, taking a limousine to the corner store. Avoid lifestyle inflation by asking yourself if a purchase is a need or something you'll really value, or something you want only because "it costs more."
"Money Becomes King" by Tom Petty
...everything got bigger
And the rules began to bend
And the TV taught the people
How to get their hair to shine
And how sweet life can be
If you keep a tight behind
And they raised the cost of living
And how could we have known
They'd double the price of tickets
To go see Johnny's show?
Advertising raises what we consider to be our personal cost of living, making it hard to distinguish needs from wants, but knowing some of the tricks of the marketing trade can help us make more informed decisions, at least some of the time.
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"Mo Money, Mo Problems" by Notorious B.I.G.
I don't know what they want from me
It's like the more money we come across
The more problems we see
Big Poppa knew that sometimes being rich isn't all it's cracked up to be - especially when friends and relatives hit you up for a loan.
"Money, Money, Money" by ABBA
I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
Ainít it sad?
And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
Thatís too bad
In all but the most dire cases, it is possible to break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck, and it's critical that you do. Even if you aren't accumulating debt, one emergency can put you deep in the red.
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
You get what you need
Most of us have a lot of wants. For example, I want a sailboat, a Le Creuset Dutch oven, a farmhouse in Italy, and baby grand piano. That's okay so long as I don't try to satisfy all of those wants on my current income! But if I work hard and save money, I could afford any one of those things, if they were my primary goal. It's possible to afford almost anything you want, but not everything.
"Low Budget" by The Kinks
Circumstance has forced my hand
To be a cut price person in a low budget land
Times are hard but we'll all survive
I just got to learn to economize
Cutting expenses isn't fun, but it's necessary when your income drops or you want to save more. Start with cutting big expenses for big wins, then move to smaller ones.
"Satisfied Mind" by Jeff Buckley
Money canít buy back all your youth when youíre old
A friend when youíre lonely, or peace for your soul
The wealthiest person is a pauper at times
Compared to the man with a satisfied mind
We trade life energy to make money, and that's okay because most people want to live a comfortable life and afford to do fun things. But find a balance. Don't wait for a tragedy to remind you of what's most important in life.
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